Theatre by the Lake presents


Sat 20 November - Sat 11 December | Strictly limited opening times (pls check below)

Theatre by the Lake is once again staging ANON, their popular anonymous art fundraiser where artists and celebrities are invited to create CD size artworks which then go on sale to the public on Saturday 20 November at 10am.

None of the 300 artworks are signed on the front so people are buying blind for a fixed price of £50. The theatre team is delighted to confirm contributions from the following luminaries of art, stage and screen: Sir Ian McKellen, Ruby Turner, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Sir Chis Bonington, Julian Cooper, Alan Stones, Maggie Hamblin, Marj Bond and Karen Wallbank to name just a few, and not one, but four Percy Kelly pieces kindly donated by ANON organiser, Chris Wadsworth.

An exciting addition to this is a generous donation by 92 year old St Ives artist John Emanuel. It is too big for a CD case but John sent it to contribute to the theatre’s funds. This stunning etching will be framed and on display throughout the exhibition and art lovers are invited to submit silent unique bids for this fabulous piece.  The highest bidder will be contacted at the end of the exhibition on 12 December.

The exhibition will have extended opening hours to the public from 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday 21 November.

The Theatre team anticipate most artworks to sell on this first day (historically there have queues around the block!), however the exhibition will run for a further three weeks with limited opening hours from Mon 22 November until Sunday 12 December 2021 (see below for opening times). Access to view the artworks for buyers will be restricted to ensure social distancing therefore the theatre ask buyers to be patient as lengthy wait times can be expected.

On Sat 20 November Anon-fans will be admitted in order of arrival in groups of 12 with five minutes to view the artworks.  Each art lover may purchase one artwork – if you wish to buy more, you’ll need to rejoin the queue each time.


Sat 20 & Sun 21 November: 10am – 4pm
Mon 22 – Fr 26 November: 3-4pm
Sat 27 November: 10am – 4pm
Sun 28 November: CLOSED
Mon 29 November – Sat 4 December: 3-4pm
Sun 5 December: CLOSED
Mon 6 – Sat 11 December: 3-4pm